TOTAL CHRISTIAN LIFE MINISTRY

Do You Reject God’s Love?

by Cynthia Jennings on December 22, 2021

The following excerpt from an article I read stood out to me:
The dad wrote a note, folded it, and stuffed it in his front pocket, leaving a corner popping out of his collared, striped shirt. The glint in the dad’s eye, along with the edge of the note seemed to beckon his son to grab it.

A message waited for the boy, clear-as-day. Yet, the boy turned his head the other way, both denying dad and discounting his father’s heart to reach him. Why? Because the boy was angry, furious even, at his dad. The last thing he wanted to do was to receive.

So, the note that read, “I love you no matter what, son,” was left unread. It had no impact on the boy. It changed nothing. The son, continued to be angry…

Reading this made me wonder, “how often do I deny what God has for me, because I’m angry? How often do I miss what God wants me to grasp because I’m wrapped up in my thoughts and annoyances?” Without using words and arms crossed, my response has been, “No I’m good, I’m gonna do my own thing.”

Am I the only one who has done this?

In Matthew 11:28, Jesus clearly gives us a solution if we feel weary, burden or feel like we can do “our own thing.” “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”.

The father in the aforementioned excerpt, felt like the situation was too far gone for his son to love him. The son didn’t say a word, but his actions revealed how he felt. Go ahead and re-read the excerpt. In reading it you can feel the rejection from the son because of his anger.

Have you ever been there, where you felt too far gone for God to love you because of your anger, thoughts, annoyances or other hang-ups?  I know I have.  

Returning back to God after traversing a spiritual dryland is extremely humbling. I learned it required me to say, “Okay God, there are some areas where I need to grow. There are some places You want to prune in me. I’m messed up in some areas. Help me!”

I also learned; I can’t find grace in my time of need when my arms are crossed blocking my heart from receiving. And I can’t receive love when I’m sure God hates me for how I’m acting.

Traversing out of the spiritual dryland to come close to God again will require you to:

  1. Admit sin{including your thoughts and attitude} (Psalm 51:3)    and re-establish dependency on God (Philippians 4:6), by apologizing (1 John 1:9).
  2. Asking for help to receive His love again (1 John 4:7-21).
  3. Accepting the fact that the burden is no longer yours and that it must be handed over. Psalm 34:17; 55:22, Matthew 11:29-30, 2 Corinthians 1:4.

God’s arms are always wide-open for our great return (John 14:18, Isiah 41:10). He loves us unconditionally. He waits for us willingly. Weakness, brought to Jesus, opens up new strength(Isaiah 40:31, 2 Corinthians 12:9).

We truly are loved by a good Father. There is nothing that can separate us from the love of Christ. (Romans 8:38-39). There is no dark place that the resurrection-power of Jesus can’t reach. There is no distance God won’t go to draw back even one, lost sheep.

If you find yourself rejecting God’s love or questioning if you’re rejecting God’s love, this is your call to come back in. God has a note in clear view as did the father to his son, will you receive the precious love note from your Heavenly Father that says, “I love you no matter what?”

Prayer: Father, I thank You that I am loved. I thank You that You know and care for me. I thank You that I am not too far gone. I thank You that You always want me. I have never known a love so unconditional and so incredible as Yours. I thank You that my imperfections and faults don’t disqualify me from receiving Your love. Your grace is truly amazing, and Your love is beyond my comprehension. I thank You that Jesus paid it all so that I don’t ‘have to. Help me to continue to grasp that truth within my body, mind, soul and spirit. In Jesus Name!

PEARLStoPONDER: There’s a note from God in clear view, saying “Jesus is waiting for you.” Are you so stuck in your own way that you ignore the note?

Psalm 109:26--Help me, O Lord my God! Save me according to your steadfast love!

John 16:27--For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.

Romans 5:8-- but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

1 John 4:19-- We love because he first loved us.

 

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